From animal encounters, to family festivals, to train rides, we’ve rounded up a variety of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend with the fam. Consider: an annual Mother’s Day event with the animals, a hands-on event for little scientists, a ginormous expo for expecting parents and everyone with little ones, a scenic trip aboard an old-fashioned steam train, a spring festival with tons of games and a relaxing day in Bellevue. If you’re looking for even more mom-themed weekend happenings, check out our Mother’s Day activity guide. Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Red Tricycle!

Paws on Science Husky Weekend_ Shelly Oberman

photo: Shelly Oberman


Paws-On Science: Husky Weekend at Pacific Science Center  (pictured)
From building race cars to controlling underwater robots, Paws-on Science offers something fun for everyone. During this special weekend, PSC will transform its galleries and exhibit halls into activity-filled spaces that showcase the amazing work happening at the UW. Families will get to enjoy lots of interactive activities along with special guest appearances from Harry the Husky, the Husky Marching Band and the UW Cheer and Dance team. Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. $11.75 to $19.75 (under 3 and members Free). All ages. Event details.

Mom & Me at the Zoo
At this annual Mother’s Day event, get wild and crazy with the zoo’s animals. In addition to animal encounters and zookeeper talks, enjoy lots of fun hands-on activities, live entertainment and sponsor booths in the North Meadow. Bonus: All moms will receive half-price admission. Sat. 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Seattle. $12.25 to $19.95 (2 & under and members Free). All ages. Event details.

Baby Bump Expo NW
If you’re planning for pregnancy, currently expecting or have a new little one, you don’t want to miss this awesome expo taking place at the Washington State Convention Center. Find the latest and greatest maternity and baby products, must-have gear, service providers and education opportunities all under one roof.  Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Seattle. $22 to $25 (12 & under Free). All ages. Event details.


Mother’s Day Train Rides
Take mom or grandma on a scenic excursion between Snoqualmie and North Bend aboard an old-fashioned steam train. In addition to your ride, browse the Victorian depot and look at the awesome train books in the bookstore and explore the town of Snoqualmie. Bonus: All moms ride FREE with a paying child. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. North Bend/Snoqualmie. $12 to $22 (under 2 and moms Free). Tickets required. All Ages. Event details.

7th Annual Adventure Kids Playcare Spring Festival
Adventure Kids Playcare in Issaquah is hosting its annual spring festival and you don’t want to miss it. This awesome festival covers two acres with bounce houses, sweet treats, games and prizes, hamster ball races, live animal encounters and a wide variety of activities with family entertainment at the heart of it all. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Issaquah. Free (food extra). All ages. Event details.

Mother’s Day Social at Bellevue Botanical Garden
This Mother’s Day, treat mom to a delightful afternoon at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Families will enjoy light refreshments, music and docent-led tours through the expansive 53-acre gardens. Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned for Mother’s Day? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Kristina Moy